Deus Ex Machina (Automata) Review | Home Computing Weekly - Everygamegoing

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Deus Ex Machina
By Automata
Spectrum 48K

Published in Home Computing Weekly #85

To call this a game is an insult. It's a stunning and profound audio-visual experience.

Via the synchronised stereo music and commentary tape, well-known personalities, Ian Dury, Jon Pertwee, Frankie Howard and Donna Bailey preside over the creation, development and death of an almost human creature, portrayed in Andrew Stagg's graphics. Author Mel Croucher wrote and performed the music.

You must guard the DNA spiral, aid the nurture of the egg, guide the fertilization, and protect the foetus. As the opposing forces gain in strength, your contribution becomes more difficult, until the organism comes under the security of the Defect Police.

The creature is a defect and must be exterminated; but too late! It escapes to a world of influences, good or bad, to be cherished or destroyed at your command. Finally, death in the form of microscopic assaults must be repelled. Then there is a final reckoning as your contribution to its life is shown.

This epic plot takes one hour to unfold. Is "value for money" a meaningful concept in the face of something unique? Don't fail to see this.


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